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DIY Photo Ornaments

December 8, 2013
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Happy Sunday Afternoon …

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  We’ve been trying to stay warm, as winter made an abrupt appearance here in Minnesota (in case we forgot what season it was)!  A bunch of snow on Tuesday, and since then, frigid temperatures.  I checked my phone at breakfast on Saturday morning, and here’s what it told me.

I love MN ... I love MN ... I love MN

I love MN … I love MN … I love MN

High of 0.  Beautiful!  Why do I live here?  I wonder sometimes…

The boys did enjoy the snow for a bit before the temps dropped:

Charlie could NOT figure out how to walk through the snow!

Charlie could NOT figure out how to walk through the snow!

This weekend, we worked on a couple of handmade ornaments for both ourselves and to give as gifts (to the grandparents, most likely … they like pictures, right?).

Today, I’ll share with you the red & white ornament we came up with (we’re still putting the finishing touches on our birch log ornaments …).  Here’s how the red and white ones turned out:

Red and White Handmade Christmas Ornament

Red and White Handmade Christmas Ornament

It was a quick, simple project, and I love how they turned out!  We try to create a photo ornament every year for our tree.  Not just because we like looking at ourselves hanging on the tree, but it’s so fun to dig them out each year and see how much the boys have changed.  And then I want to cry.  Just a little.  Can’t they just stay small???

This one is hanging on our tree right now, but I just may become a gift for Grandma … we’ll see.

DIY Ornament

DIY Ornament

It really did take only 20 minutes.  Interested?  Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies

Supplies

  1. Mini Canvas from Michael’s or JoAnn (or any craft store).  This one is  3″ x 3″.
  2. Picture (cut to size)
  3. Mod Podge (and brush)
  4. Wrapping paper or fun scrapbook paper
  5. Pom Pom Trim
  6. Ribbon for hanging
  7. Metal label holder (not pictured)
  8. Brads (not pictured)
  9. Staple gun (optional)

Here’s the quick how-to:

Step 1:  Cut wrapping paper to size, and ‘wrap’ front of canvas (just as you would a present).  Place glue on the back of the canvas and stick paper to it.

Place glue around back edges

Place glue around back edges

Step 2:  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to front of canvas:

Canvas 'wrapped'

Apply layer of Mod Podge to entire front of canvas

Step 3:  Place picture centered on canvas (I let some of the paper show around all edges).  Apply a second layer of mod podge over the top (you don’t have to wait for the first coat to dry).

Place picture in place and apply another layer of mod podge on top

Place picture in place and apply another layer of mod podge on top

Step 4:  After mod podge has dried (give it about 30 minutes), flip canvas over and glue pom pom trip around all four edges, making sure pom poms stick out evenly on all sides.

Glue on pom pom trim to the back of canvas

Glue on pom pom trim to the back of canvas

Step 5:  Add ribbon to hang canvas.  You can simply glue in place on the back and wait for it to dry:

Glue ribbon in place on back

Glue ribbon in place on back

Or if you’re impatient like me, and don’t feel like waiting for the glue to dry… you can add two staples to secure the ribbon in place:

If you're impatient, you can staple the ribbon in place instead of gluing.

If you’re impatient, you can staple the ribbon in place instead of gluing.

Step 6:  Cut piece of white paper to fit inside label holder and add your label (I used stickers here to add the year).  Add label holder to front.  I used Krazy glue to secure the holder.  Hot glue or even all purpose glue would probably work, too.

Glue label holder to front of canvas.

Glue label holder to front of canvas.

Step 7:  To give the label holder the look that it’s nailed in place, I stuck little silver brads through the holes on either side.  I first punched a hole with a large needle, then simply stuck my brads through and secured on the back.

LIttle metal brads

Little metal brads

That’s it!  Hang and admire your custom ornament.

Complete

Complete

Just for fun, I tried hanging it in the center of our yarn wreath:

Hanging in the center of our wreath

Hanging in the center of our wreath

Better on the tree?

Present for Grandma?

Present for Grandma?

This ornament just may be the kick off to decorating our red and white room.  Stay turned for more red and white decor this week (and our other DIY ornaments … if they turn out).  :)

Have a great end of your weekend and start to your week!

Here’s a sneak peak on our birch slice ornaments we’re still working on (more picture ornaments … hmmm, maybe we do like looking at ourselves).  Stay tuned for the final product (hopefully).

Preview of our other ornaments ... stay tuned

Preview of our other ornaments … stay tuned

 

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44 Comments

  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This is sooo cute! I would love to have some of those on my Christmas tree! Stopping by from the Get your DIY on Party.

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Cristina,
      Thanks for stopping over from the party and for taking the time to say ‘Hi’. Hope you’re enjoying your holidays so far!

  • Reply Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods December 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Love this cute (and easy) ornament! And those baby boys are precious too! Thanks for the simple tutorial.

    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Ashley,
      Thank you! Yes, I’m partial to my two models :). Thanks for stopping over! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Ali Gilbert December 9, 2013 at 3:18 am

    This is a super cute idea!! Love it! I may do it for a gift too!

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Ali,
      Thank you and thanks for stopping by! An easy gift idea … my favorite!

  • Reply Dean B December 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    That certainly is cold! … So love the DIY ornaments, if I had the stuff right now, would gladly make them too! Stopping over from #MagicMoments.

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping over and for saying “HI”. Way too cold for me! Happy HOlidays!

  • Reply Jenna December 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Katie, these are adorable! I have been looking for DIY ideas for photo Christmas ornaments and these would be perfect! I’m off to get supplies! Thanks for the fab idea!

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Jenna … Yes! They’re super easy and quick! Couldn’t get my two boys to participate in the making, however. :) I also am working on some birch ‘slice’ picture ornaments that are also relatively easy once you get the pieces cut (our saw kept shutting off…). I’ll post those soon, too. Keep an eye out. Just need a birch log, mod podge, and a photo for those, too!
      Love your site and your GMTG party! Happy HOlidays!

  • Reply Jo Laybourn (Sit Still Monkeys) December 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    What beautiful home made ornaments and gifts! They really do look fab and such a lovely idea too! #magicmoments

    • Reply Katie December 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for the comment and for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Jaime Oliver December 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    What a lovely idea for a personalised ornament for a tree, i am going to be far more creative next year!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  • Reply Barb @ A Life in Balance December 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    So cute! I haven’t seen those mini canvases at Michael’s. I need to look for them.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

    • Reply Katie December 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Barb,
      Thanks for stopping by again! Hope you are having a good week! Thanks for hosting the party!

  • Reply ang December 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Your ornaments are so darn cute! I pinned them and am so inspired to make my own :)
    It’s been cold here too (in NH) but not that cold – stay warm!
    ang

  • Reply Carrie This Home December 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    These are so cute! What a great way to keep memories alive as the years go by! I love any project with photos! I would love it if you’d link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home blog hop–our readers would love to see this! Thanks!!

    • Reply Katie December 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Carrie,
      Thanks for the invite! Just linked up a couple posts. Hope you’re having a good Holiday season!

  • Reply GlamorousMommy December 12, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I love these!!! What a great idea <3 Thanks for sharing with us!

    Fotini

    • Reply Katie December 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Fotini,
      Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Cathy December 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Love this idea! Looks great :-)

    • Reply Katie December 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! Happy holidays, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Deonna Wade December 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see all of your holiday ideas this month! Love the tiny canvas and label holder. I might have to make one of these every year!

    • Reply Katie December 13, 2013 at 2:17 am

      Hi Deonna,
      Thanks for stopping over and for the note! Your link party is so fun…thanks for hosting!
      Happy Holidays!
      Katie

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY December 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Love these! I want to run out and get some little canvas squares to make my own! The birch rounds are a great idea as well. I was thinking of doing the same thing this week. Thanks for linking up to the Last Minute Christmas link party:)

  • Reply Carrie This Home December 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I’ll be featuring this post on Sunday’s party! Congratulations and I hope to see you back on Sunday night!

    • Reply Katie December 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Carrie,
      Thanks so much!! I will look for the feature this Sunday! Thanks for hosting the party! Happy Holidays!

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  • Reply Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger December 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I love these little cuties :) especially the little pom pom fringe!

    • Reply Katie December 15, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Hi Allison,
      Thank you!!! Thanks for stopping over. Happy Holidays!
      ~Katie

  • Reply Mandy Hank December 15, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Katie, these are so cute! I love personalized things that go on the tree! I am featuring these on my blog tomorrow :) Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY on! I hope to see you tomorrow with your hand made gift project!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

    • Reply Katie December 15, 2013 at 3:33 am

      Hi Mandy! Thanks so much! I’m thrilled to be featured, and I just love your themed party. It gives me inspiration to finish up projects.
      Happy Holidays!
      Katie

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  • Reply Krissy Buck December 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    So cute and easy! Easy enough for my ten year old to do!

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    These are precious..of course, having sweet subjects helps too :)

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    What an adorable ornament!! I love the idea of this. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    I love these! My daughter’s teacher put me in charge of finding an ornament for the kids to make and give their parents for Christmas and I think these are perfect. I’m just wondering if you could tell me where you got the label holders?

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      HI Julie! The label holders are just from Michael’s. I found them in the scrapbooking aisle (where they have all kinds of metal embellishments). Thanks so much for the note! Good luck and have fun!!

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